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The Embassy

The Embassy's main objective is to further cement the amicable bilateral ties between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom, which date back to 1903.

The Embassy carries out official diplomatic activities and serves as a vital resource for Ethiopians in the United Kingdom as well as partners and friends of Ethiopia.

H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework PhD

Ambassador Hailemichael assumed his post in London in June 2016. He was the President of the Ethiopian Civil Service University from January 1999 to Jan 2016.

Other academic positions he has held include Assistant Dean at the Institute of Language Studies and Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University. His administration posts have included Coordinator and External Relations Officer at Addis Ababa University and Academic Vice President at the Ethiopian Civil Service College.

In his previous post, Ambassador Hailemichael led and coordinated major reform consultancy activities including Reform in Civil Service Institutions at Federal and Regional levels and projects with the Addis Ababa City Government and with Regional Governments and Municipalities in Ethiopia’s Federal States. This included a base-line study on major Ethiopian Cities with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.

His Excellency has previously served as a Member of Parliament, with the Ethiopian Public Diplomacy Group and on innumerable Boards including the Consortium of Ethiopian Public Universities, the Centre for Developmental Studies and the Meles Zenawi Leadership Academy.

Full biography is available on request. Please submit your request via the Contact Us form.

  • Previous Ambassadors

    H.E. Mr Berhanu Kebede (2006 – 2016)

Ababi Demissie (Amb.)

Ato Ababi assumed his post in London in August 2016.

He previously served as the Director-General for Public Diplomacy and Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2015. Prior to this, Ato Ababi served as the Deputy Head of Mission, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing between 2010-2012.

In his previous post at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ato Ababi played a key role in the establishment of the first ever Ethiopian Public Diplomacy team within the Ministry and successfully launched the institution’s digital diplomacy strategy.

Ato Ababi has also previously served as a Member of Parliament in the House of Peoples Representatives, during which time, he was elected Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Rural Development Affairs. He was involved in the Secretariat of the Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Council where he engaged in coordinating its fundraising activities. As a trained agro-economist, he has led several agricultural departments at the District and Zone levels within the Amhara Regional State.

Full biography is available on request. Please submit your request via the Contact Us form.

Prof John Struthers

Professor John Struthers was appointed Ethiopia’s Honorary Consul for Scotland in April 2015. He is the Director of CAREED – the Centre for African Research for Enterprise and Economic Development – at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). John helps establish links between the Embassy and Scottish academia, business and the political establishment, encouraging trade, investment, education and skills transfer between Scotland and Ethiopia. One success has been the commencement in Ethiopia of a geo-thermal project supported by Glasgow University.

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The Departments

Public Diplomacy and Communications

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's media relations, promoting Ethiopia's image in the United Kingdom and facilitating educational partnerships between higher learning insitutions in both countries. The Public Diplomacy Department is the first port-of-call for all media enquiries.

Diaspora Engagement

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's engagement with the Ethiopian diaspora in the UK. The Department encourages the Diaspora to engage with Ethiopia, culturally, economically and through skills and knowledge transfer initiatives.

Diplomats:
Mr Fekadu Beyene - Minister Counsellor I

Trade, Investment & Tourism

Responsible for coordinating the Embassy's trade and investment activities and promoting Ethiopian tourism. The Department assists with enquiries from businesses that are looking to expand, or initiate, their activities in Ethiopia and works to increase trade relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Diplomats:
Mr Eskinder Yirga Asfaw - Minister Counsellor I
Mr Amare Shumet - Counsellor
Mr Atnafu Asfaw

Consular & Visa Department

Responsible for issuing formal documents such as passports, laissez-passers and visas and for formalising documents. The Department has jurisdiction over the United Kingdom: England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland.

Diplomats:
Ms Zafu Abreha Abdu

Administration and Finance

Responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the embassy and for all matters related to finance, both internal and external.

Diplomats:
Mr Misiya Wordoffa Balcha - Counsellor II
Mr Teshome Sahle - Attache
Ms Addisalem Mengistu
Mr Yikdem Shibeshi - First Secretary, IT

Political and Economic Affairs

Responsible for strengthening the political and economic relations between Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

Dipomats:
Ms Nardos Ayalew - Minister Counsellor
Group photo of Embassy Staff during Flag Day celebrations (2017)

Employment Opportunities

Work at the Ethiopian Embassy in London

Information on current vacancies and how to apply.

How to Find Us

The Embassy is located on Princes Gate overlooking Hyde Park on Kensington Road.

Address

17 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge
London SW7 1PZ

Embassy Opening Times

Monday to Friday
09:00 - 17:00

Consular Opening Times

Monday to Friday
09:00 - 15:00